American Airlines Cuts December Schedule by Almost Half, N.Y.C. Flights by 86%

By Anna Breuer on 4 November 2020
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American Airlines said it would cut its December schedule by close to 50% as it tries to “match the low demand resulting from coronavirus.”

The airline will cut flights by approximately 50% in the first half of the month and by a slightly smaller figure, 45%, for the second half, anticipating slightly stronger traffic for the holidays.

“We do anticipate that the Thanksgiving period and the December second half period will be relatively stronger,” said the airline’s chief revenue officer, Vasu Raja, in a conference call with investors last month.  The airline said it had seen the last several holidays become “sequentially stronger.”

The move will result in the loss of over 100,000 flights during the holiday season.

Competitors Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have made similar cuts.

American is cutting flights to New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports by some 86% amidst new requirements that travelers to New York present a negative coronavirus test prior to travel and take a second test three days after arrival.

In total, American will operate approximately 10,000 flights more than it will have operated in November.

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